Translation © by Emily Ezust

Friedlich bekämpfen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Friedlich bekämpfen
  Nacht sich und Tag.
Wie das zu dämpfen,
  Wie das zu lösen vermag!

Der mich bedrückte,
  Schläfst du schon, Schmerz?
Was mich beglückte
  Sage, was war's doch, mein Herz?

Freude wie Kummer,
  Fühl' ich, zerrann,
Aber den Schlummer
  Führten sie leise heran.

Und im Entschweben,
  Immer empor,
Kommt mir das Leben
  Ganz, wie ein Schlummerlied vor.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Peacefully does night struggle with day", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Impression vespérale", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 58

Peacefully does night struggle with day
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Peacefully does night
 struggle with the day:
 how to muffle it,
 how to dissolve it.
 
 That which depressed me,
 are you already asleep, o Pain?
 That which made me happy,
 say, what was it, my heart?
 
 Joy, like anguish,
 I feel has melted away,
 but they have gently
 invoked slumber instead.
 
 And as I float away,
 ever skyward,
 it occurs to me that life
 is just like a lullaby.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
Line count: 16
Word count: 70